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by the Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine

** How to Check If a Chicken Is Done **

There are a number of ways to determine if chicken is thoroughly cooked and
ready to eat.

· For whole chickens, a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part
of the thigh, but not near bone or fat, should register 180 to 185 degrees
Fahrenheit before removing from the oven.

· For stuffed whole chicken, insert the thermometer into the center of the
body cavity. When the stuffing registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the
chicken should be done. (Note: Chicken should only be stuffed just before
roasting. Never stuff a chicken ahead of time.)

· For roasted whole chicken breasts, the meat thermometer should register
170 degrees Fahrenheit.

· To test bone-in chicken pieces, insert a fork in the chicken. It should
go in with ease and the juices should run clear. However, the meat and
juices nearest the bones might still be a little pink even though the
chicken is cooked thoroughly.

· Boneless chicken pieces are done when the centers are no longer pink;
you can determine this by simply cutting into the chicken with a knife.

Use the tips in this article to expand your horizons and make a different
chicken recipe every week -- or every day for that matter!

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